May 29, 2003

The Wall Street Journal featured an article on logging in New Zealand. Environmentalists have cut a deal with Weyerhaeuser to allow logging of non-native trees on former sheep pasture in exchange for the protection of virgin forest. [more]

May 28, 2003

In the interest of making it easier for people to use the deforestation data on the site, I have added Microsoft Excel worksheets of deforestation stats for download.

May 27, 2003

Updated the tropical fish section of the site to include links to pictures and better navigational elements.

May 19, 2003

Updated the profile on African rainforests to include new deforestation data from the UN.

May 14, 2003

Created an index page for the FAO deforestation stats recently added to the site.

May 9, 2003

The Wall Street Journal made a mention of the first genetically modified pet -- an ornamental fish that will glow in the dark. [more]

May 8, 2003

Added tables detailing country-by-country deforestation rates and other statistics. Data has been derived from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's "State of the World's Forests 2003."

Also the AP reported an outbreak of a mysterious SARS-like illness in the forests of Cambodia.

May 1, 2003

Web traffic to surged 82% during April.

April 29, 2003

Added some more European articles featuring mongabay content including four more from Aquarium magazines.

April 21, 2003

This past weekend I began implementing a revised format for the tropical fish section of the site. The species profiles will now include links to photos of individual fish species -- see Labyrinth Fish - Belontiidae Family as an example. The conversion should probably be complete by mid-summer or so.

April 20, 2003 was recently featured in Zoe, an Italian fashion and lifestyle magazine.

April 18, 2003

Over the past few days various media groups have reported on the destruction and looting of Iraq's museums. Here is a selection of recent articles.

April 17, 2003

After the fall of Baghdad animals were looted and released from Iraqi zoos.

April 15, 2003

Due to popular request I have created some apparel featuring images from

April 14, 2003

I apologize if you experience delays while accessing the site -- traffic has been especially heavy the past few days. Please be patient.

Today Reuters reported that "Dr. Henry Heimlich, inventor of the famous anti-choking maneuver, is working with doctors ... to begin human tests of a controversial AIDS therapy in which patients are deliberately infected with malaria." The method relies on using a curable form of the disease to induce high fevers that can stimulate the immune system to fight off HIV. The technique was used in the past to battle syphilis. [more]

April 11, 2003

Actress Angelina Jolie has agreed to pay $5 million over the next 15 years to set up a wildlife sanctuary that protects more than 49,500 acres of forest in northwest Cambodia. [more]

April 10, 2003

Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf has made some great remarks during the Iraq - Coalition conflict.

April 2, 2003

Added reference information on the world's largest cities and urban areas.

March 28, 2003

The Wall Street Journal featured a column by Sharon Begley discussing studies that challenge the conventional assumption that everyone [across cultures] perceives, thinks and reasons the same way. [more]

March 25, 2003

Dolphins and sea lions have been deployed to the Persian Gulf for detecting mines. Here are a few articles discussing the use of marine mammals in warfare.

March 21, 2003

The New Scientist has featured a series of articles on the environmental impact of the Iraq War, while the Wall Street Journal offered a somewhat countering viewpoint in an article today. Here are some related articles on the potential environmental impact of the war in Iraq.

March 19, 2003

In doing some research, I recently learned that Dr. Clive Marsh lost his battle against encephalitis. I met Clive in Sarawak in 1996 and was astounded by his knowledge of the Borneo rainforest. He was a visionary for the protection and sustainable development of forests of Southeast Asia. Clive was 49.

March 17, 2003

Updated the site map to provide for easier navigation. In doing so, I found around 20 pages that had previously been "hidden" in the rainforest part of the site (especially in the Forest People section). These pages are now available.

March 12, 2003

Ebola has killed 600 to 800 of the 1,200 gorillas in the Lossi sanctuary in Cuvette-Ouest, Congo. Primatologists fear that the outbreak could spread to the nearby Odzala park which is home to another 20,000 lowland gorillas. The Ebola outbreak has killed 100 people to date. [more]

March 11, 2003

The Wall Street Journal featured an article on hydrogen fuel cell-powered cars and some of the hurdles faced by the technology. [more]

March 10, 2003

I updated the interview page.

March 4, 2003

The San Jose Mercury featured an article on the endangered Cat Ba langur of Vietnam. [more]

March 1, 2003

A new U.N. report estimates that by 2050, the population of the nations hit hardest by AIDS be 480 million fewer that expected because of the impact of AIDS. [more]

The SimplyDiscus forum posted an interview I did last week on the Rio Sucasari in Peru.

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